Topic: The discovery, development and science behind an innovative cane toad tadpole trapping technology
Guest Speaker: Dr Rob Capon, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
Topic: The Healthy Land and Water Report Card
Guest Speaker: Dr Paul Maxwell
The Healthy Land and Water Report Card provides an annual measure of the environmental pressures facing our catchments throughout South East Queensland. It provides an environmental condition grade (A-F) for each catchment and the level of ecosystem services (social and economic benefits) (1-5 stars) the waterways provide to local communities and what is being done to protect and improve them.
Dr Paul Maxwell is one of the key HL&W scientists responsible for this Report Card. He will give some background on how the Card is compiled and what the scores mean. He will outline the findings of the 2017 Card. The “environmental improvement” project, Bribie Island State High School students recently completed,
See POSTER November 2017 for more information. (In jpeg and pdf for your convenience)
No meeting in December, we look forward to seeing you next year.
BIEPA Management Committee
Photo Credit: Marj Webber
Some 90 participants joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 3 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. This event is part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
We were again blessed with perfect weather and many of the flower species were at their best. The groups of walkers appreciated the knowledge and experience of our guides – Allan Carr from Native Plants Queensland and John Ward from the Bribie Wallum Action Group and Community Nursery. There was also valuable input from Ron Powell and Michael Strong concerning the Aboriginal
history of the area and the significance of the various plants and trees to the first inhabitants. BIEPA would like to thank them all for their contribution to the success of this event.
We were pleased to see that this Walk attracted enthusiasts from outside the local area – including from Maroochydore and the Northern Rivers. We also welcomed some overseas visitors.
From the feedback received, it seemed that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable morning.
We look forward to welcoming you again next year!
Did you know more than 80% of koalas have disappeared from Queensland’s Koala Coast due to excessive tree clearing? BIEPA was shocked too. That’s why BIEPA emailed a KIMBY (Koala In My Back Yard) to the Queensland Government to protect the habitat of koalas and other Australian wildlife.
Will you send one too?
Visit www.wwf.org.au/savekoalas to send yours now!”
BIEPA’s Wonders of the Wallum Spring Wildflower We will be meeting at the National Park entrance on the Corner of Cotterill Ave and Protea Drive.
SUNDAY 3rd September 2017 – 8:00am to 11:00am
We look forward to seeing you there for another morning of appreciation for our wonderful Wallum wildflowers.
From BIEPA Management Committee and organisers of the Walk.
DOWNLOAD the BIEPA WFW POSTER 2017